Ottawa County Parks & Recreation
West Olive, MI 49460
Hemlock Crossing opened in 2003 and offers 239 acres of woods and wetlands along the Pigeon River. Over 6 miles of trails for hiking and cross country skiing meander through bottomland and upland forest, old pine plantations and along the river. Trails connect to Pine Bend on the west end of this property. A pedestrian bridge and numerous overlooks offer scenic views of the river corridor, wetlands, natural springs and woods. Facilities include two small picnic shelters, a kayak/canoe launch and over a mile of paved trail. Hemlock Crossing is also the site for the Nature Education Center that opened in April 2010. Snowshoes are available for rent during business hours for $6 for two hours and $3 per additional hour.
Park Map - This printable map shows facilities, parking areas, features and trails (if any).
- Kayak/canoe launch
- Unique pedestrian bridge
- Many scenic overlooks along the trails
- Two small picnic shelters with tables and grills
- Modern restrooms open warm months at Hemlock Crossing. Pit toilets available in winter
- Hiking and ungroomed cross country ski trails
- Nature Education Center
* Barrier free facilities include picnic shelters, restrooms, kayak launch and a one mile paved trail through woods and fields.
FeesThere are no entry fees.
Dogs are permitted at Hemlock Crossing. From May 1 through September 30, we ask that you take your pet on designated trails only. For the safety and enjoyment of all park guests, pets must be on ten foot leashes and under control. Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle. Dogs are not permitted in park buildings, restrooms, picnic shelters, or as posted. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted in all areas at any time. Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, many Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.
DirectionsHemlock Crossing is located in Port Sheldon Township at 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive, MI 49460. From US 31, travel west on Croswell Street a short distance to West Olive Road. Turn south on West Olive Road and travel about 0.4 miles to the entrance on the west side of the road.
Parks Administration Office
12220 Fillmore St.
West Olive, MI 49460
8:00am - 5:00pm
Fax: (616) 738-4812
(888) 731-1001 ext.4810
General Park Hours*March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm